Work package 1

ECOLOGICAL, SOCIOECONOMIC AND TECHNICAL CHARACTERISTICS OF DISCARDING FISHERIES

Objectives:

The general objective of this WP is the characterization of discarding in European fisheries in ecological, socioeconomic and technical terms. To this end desktop review and statistical analysis of data will be performed, to fulfil the following partial objectives:

O1.1. Characterization of the study fisheries in terms of unwanted catches: undersized individuals of commercial species; non-commercial organisms such as benthic invertebrates; sensitive high-trophic level species (elasmobranchs, sea turtles, sea birds). Determination of the fate of unwanted catches (commercialization, discarding, and survival of discards) by type of organism and by case-study fishery.

O1.2. Description of fishing strategies and fishers’ socio-economic behaviour in relation to discarding practices, based on detailed analysis of existing data bases as well as information gathered from interviews with industry during the project.

O1.3. Characterization of habitats where fisheries producing unwanted catches take place by using of existing habitat maps from member states and species (e.g. by means of Biological Traits Analysis of benthic organisms; analysis of life strategies of by catch species).